Succulents for beginners A year-round growing guide for healthy and beautiful plants

Misa Matsuyama

Book - 2022

"Succulents for Beginners is the perfect introduction to this friendly and forgiving plant family. Misa Matsuyama--the bestselling author of The Gardener's Guide to Succulents--shows you how to plant and maintain the most popular varieties of succulents and cacti with reassuring advice and minimum fuss...The month-by-month format and simple, yet thorough, instructions will have you referring to this handy resource again and again. Gorgeous photos and helpful tips invite you to bring more and more of these plants into your life."--Amazon

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North Clarendon, VT : Tuttle Publishing, an imprint of Periplus Editions 2022.
Main Author
Misa Matsuyama (author)
Other Authors
Leeyong Soo (translator)
Item Description
"Originally published in Japan by PIE International under the title Hajimete no tanikushokubutsu saibai ©2020 Misa Matsuyama/PIE International."--Colophon
Physical Description
127 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
  • Getting to know succulents and Cacti
  • A year of cultivating succulents
  • Q&A about cultivating succulents
  • Succulents gallery.
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Matsuyama (The Gardener's Guide to Succulents) reviews the basics of caring for succulents in this charming primer. Native to arid areas, the sun-loving and often humidity-averse succulent has a reputation for being easy, yet, Matsuyama writes, "the trick is in how to care for them." To explain how to do so, she divides the plants into three season-based growth types (those that thrive in summer, spring, and winter), organizes them further by genus, and zooms in on their identifying characteristics, such as the color-changing rosettes of Echeveria, the fleshy leaves of Sedum, and the spiny shapes of cacti. Matsuyama shares her recommendations for soil mix, containers, pruning, repotting, watering, fertilizing, and observing the plants' dormancy. Most newbies make a common mistake--insufficient light--and Matsuyama takes a pragmatic, realistic approach, urging readers to let the plants hang out on their desk while they work, then move them to a sunny spot on the days they're not working. Matsuyama has a calming, whimsical touch, and the accompanying photos are spare and airy, full of natural light, weathered wood surfaces, and rough-textured pottery. Matsuyama's minimalist take is sure to please. (Mar.)

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